No matter how many weights you lift or how much cardio or aerobic exercises you perform on a daily basis, you’re not going to see significant improvement until you put together a meal plan that promotes weight loss, which is why I’ve put together this easy to follow food guide for weight loss.
What you put into your body is directly responsible for how much weight you gain or lose. Ideally, you want to consume foods that are high in protein, but low in fat and calories. You should be eating 5-6 small portions of food per day, and drinking at least 8-8oz glasses of water on a daily basis. In fact, water all by itself is a great way to promote weight loss. Your body needs water to flush the fat from your system, and to function properly. It’s also a little known fact that if you drink ice-cold water, your body is forced to bring it to body temperature, which takes energy in the form of calories. You can actually burn over 100 calories a day, just by drinking ice-cold water!
When you go to the grocery store, try to stay away from processed foods and junk foods, such as chips, chocolate bars and cookies. Instead, buy fresh foods, which can usually be found along the fringes of the store. For example, along the outside of most grocery stores, you’ll find foods such as lean meats, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, nuts, poultry, fish and whole grained breads. These are the foods you want to target if you want to lose weight. They are packed with protein, but don’t consist of large amounts of trans fat, saturated fat and calories.
In the frozen foods section, you have to be ready to read labels. Although fresh foods are better than frozen foods, they can have a place in your diet. They’re unquestionably convenient, and let’s face it; you don’t always have the time to cook. However, you can find low calorie meals, such as Lean Cuisine and Smart Ones in the frozen food section.
If you’re serious about losing weight, use the above food guide and you’ll achieve success. Never skip a meal, but eat small portions of food every two to three hours. This will help boost your metabolism, while providing you with enough nutrients and vitamins to function at optimal levels throughout the day.